Taylor powers BIC to two victories
Brooks Taylor exploded for 108 points in two games as Buffalo Island Central remained undefeated by rolling over both Maynard and Manila last week in senior boys basketball.
Taylor started the week scoring a career high 55 points in BIC's 93-58 thrashing of Maynard in the conference opener for both teams. The Mustangs jumped to a 33-17 first quarter lead and stretched the margin to 58-39 at the half. Garrett Qualls also hit double figures for the Mustangs scoring 10 points.
Derek Rolland, Cord Rose, Hunter Smith, Larry Reed, Lance Davis and Shane Barnes all scored three points. Eric Wallace, Lee Birdno, Trevor Matheny, and Jordan Griggs pitched in two points apiece while Nick Birdno added one.
The Mustangs were 22-29 from the free throw line including a perfect 14-14 performance by Taylor. The Mustangs nailed nine treys on the night.
Maynard, who went 3-17 from the line and hit four three pointers, was led by Mark Blackwell's 17 points. The Tigers placed three other players in double figures as Adam Blackwell, Trent Melton, and Nathan Barber each scored 10 points apiece.
BIC hosted Manila Friday night and came away with a 74-55 non-conference victory behind Taylor's 53 points. Taylor scored all of BIC's 18 first quarter points as the Mustangs built an 18-15 lead. BIC led 34-30 at halftime and stretched their lead to 52-40 after three quarters.
The victory marked BIC's 53rd straight home win as the Mustangs improved to 6-0 overall on the season. Derek Rolland was the only other Mustang in double figures with 11 points.
Manila was led by Kyle Misner who scored 18 points. Cody Wells and P.J. Brumley chipped in 10 points apiece while Chase Shelton added nine.
"We've had a good season so far," said BIC Coach Bill Taylor. "We've had several players step up offensively, and I have been pleased with our defensive effort. We need to improve our free throw shooting as a team, but overall, I am pleased with our start."
"We competed well tonight," said Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth. "We had a good game plan and carried it out. I felt like we gave good effort. BIC is one of the best teams in the state and they proved it tonight."
In junior high action, BIC defeated Maynard 50-35 as Cody Smith scored a game high 24 points. Steven Greathouse had nine points, Heath Hawkins netted seven, Zach Corter scored six, Joshua Freeman pitched in two while Isaac Ibanez added one point to round out the Mustang attack.
Blake Davis led Maynard with 22 points.
BIC dropped a 43-39 decision to Manila despite a 20 point performance by Cody Smith.
Manila was led by Jacob Perez who scored 12 points while Luke McLaughlin had 10 points. Michael Shedd netted eight and Jonathan Rose added seven.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night as they host Bay in a key 3AA North Conference match-up. The Mustangs will travel to Turrell Friday night.